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problem, lots of big problems for mitt romney right now, but this 47% thing. if you're barack obama, as he has been doing these attack ads the last few days, he will hammer mitt romney over the head throughout this debate about 47%. if he doesn't, he's mad. because it's an incredibly powerful hammer to use, because whichever way you try and spin that, it was a disaster. he called half of the country a bunch of scrounging victims. what does mitt romney do if barack obama does that? >> mitt romney has said a couple things since, piers. the first thing he said was that was me, not my campaign. he actually took responsibility which i appreciate when a grown man says i'm sorry, i made a mistake. number two, number two, his campaign is all about 100% of america and here's what he meant. he said it was inelegantly stated but i agree, not just the president will take him to task on that but i think the debate questioners will ask him. but romney should look at that as an opportunity not to be defensive again but to explain precisely what he meant. the other thing that he really should do here is i
surrogates, florida senator marco rubio says that's the right approach. does mitt romney need to score a knockout punch? >> this is not an athletic competition. this is a debate between two money, one that is president and wants to stay there and one that wants to offer a new direction. >> reporter: all day long the romney campaign has signalled it will go after what it sees as another gaffe from vice president joe biden at a rally in charlotte. >> this is deadly earnest. how they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> in the richest country in the history of the world this obama economy has crushed the middle class. >> reporter: romney's ad team quickly seized on the remarks churning out a web video. at an event in denver rubio piled on. >> those happen to be the words of the distinguished vice president of the united states mr. joe biden. no, don't boo. he's the best thing we got going, guys. don't boo. because in a moment of clarity, in a brief moment of clarity he just told us what we already knew. >> reporter
and a half. they've been following this race. they've been following what mitt romney has said. >> right. >> they're tuning in to the fact that he wasn't telling the truth last night. >> the conversation we had just a moment ago says on some of these things there are different ways of looking at t the point is, who is going to make the best point to the american people? some things can be proven definitively right or wrong. andrew sullivan, an influential supporter of the president and blogger called his performance absolutely disgracefully bad. let me play a sound bite of what he said and let you respond to that. >> i have never seen a president of the united states blather, blather on like that, bore us, tell us none of his major arguments, fight back against any of the obvious distortions of the other candidate and just sit there. i mean, really. and you know how much i love this guy. >> stephanie, did you feel a little bit of that frustration? >> you know, i appreciate his opinion. i disagree with it. i think the president had a good performance last night. obviously, mitt romney had
it right in the sense that obama care is unpopular. pieces of it might be popular, but mitt romney's been campaigning that he would repeal obama care and replace it with pieces that are popular, but this whole idea about social issues i think is so fascinating and underreported that really it's the obama campaign and the democratic party that has tried to make this a social issues election. even turning questions of taxation into a question of fairness, not one of fiscal responsibility or sobriety because at the president himself said, you don't raise taxes in a recession, and we're still certainly struggling along in this economy. so taxation has been turned into a social issue. we saw in the mid-term election that 31% of gay men and women actually voted for the gop so. what did you see at the democratic convention? gay marriage being touted. finally, on women's issues. if you were to listen to the democratic party, apparently there's some deficit, some sortage sort a -- shortage of condoms, but women care most about the economy. democrats tried to focus female voters on issues of reprod
: since you're supporting romney, the candidate who is running behind, you are supporting him, right? then you also need to lower the stakes for wednesday's first of these presidential debates, like this. >> frankly, i can't remember the last time there was one of these comments that grabbed everybody's attention because frankly the candidates are too well prepared. they're well scripted. >> reporter: and like this. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break this campaign. >> reporter: but definitely governor christie, definitely not like this. >> i'll tell you, bob, thursday morning, you're going to be scratching your heads and saying, wow, we have a barn burner for the next 33 days. >> reporter: the thing is, when you say that, the president's senior adviser says stuff like this. >> they expect to come out of this with a race fundamentally changed. what does that mean? if it is going to fundamentally change, that means in seven or ten days from now you'll see ohio tied, states like iowa tied. that's what matters here. >> reporter: like they say, governor christie, there i
that the race right now in a dead tie right now. this state is crucial where are good news for mitt romney who has had some terrible news in the past few weeks. a lot of people have said his campaign has sputtered, but those are two good states. where there is bad news is you head to the midwest to ohio. it shows that right there barack obama has a pretty good lead right now in that battleground state, suzanne. >> i know at the debate tonight it will be focused on domestic issues. when you look at both of these counties here, of course, one the incumbent, the other one who is trying to make the case that his policies would be better than the president's, who has the advantage? >> well, you know, that's a good question because they both say that they have the answers to try to turn the economy around xshgs it really comes down to appealing to we think about 6% of the electorate right now who hasn't decided who they're going to vote for. of that 6% they live in nine states, including the state that i'm standing in right now. the other states that we're really focussing on as we just talked about
't think by much, because president obama right now is in a very strong position. >> what do you think mitt romney needs to do? >> oh, i think mitt romney needs to talk about failure and success. mitt romney may not be the perfect candidate, but this president doesn't have much in the way of accomplishments, especially when it comes to this economy. he has to say look, barack obama, you may have succeeded as a politician but you haven't succeeded as a president. i know what it takes to succeed in life, hai've done it a lot i business creating growth and jobs. let's talk about that. >> it does seem in the last couple days his campaign has been kind of trying to make him seem like a warmer guy. i mean, that photo -- >> hes loosened his tie, taken it off. he's laughed a little more. the job for mitt romney clearly is to get in the ring, get in the arena and to show that he can handle these tough issues. he hasn't been specific. he has to avoid talking about taxes, has to avoid talking about the 47%. he has to play offense. and president obama has to make sure that he doesn't play preventive de
with the president. so they come into it as the underdog,ing so we're coming into it very realistic that mitt romney will win, if he plays his cards right. >> stephanie cutter making those comments on piers morgan. now what is the idea? pretty simple, lower the bar, so if your candidate does better it is considered a big victory on debate night. how much are americans really paying attention? i don't know, what they really want to hear on wednesday night is what the candidates will do to make things better. >>> and president obama and mitt romney face to face as american voters weigh in on the election choice. the first presidential debate, as paul said, next wednesday night. watch it live here on cnn and >>> and the opening scenes of carmageddon appear to be free of traffic jams, for ten miles. one of the busier freeways in los angeles is çóclose. a repeat of what happened last year. there along the 405, how is it looking? >> reporter: well, so far, they are actually saying carmageddon two, to quote one of the fire chiefs is a very good sequel, so thumbs up, so far. and what you're seein
romney will win if he plays the cards right. >> reporter: stephanie cutter making those comments on piers morgan, if your candidate does better, it is considered a big victory. how much are people paying attention to it? what they really want to do is hear what they will do to make the country better. >>> all right, thank you so much. >>> president obama and mitt romney coming face-to-face as american voters weigh in, picking their first choice on the presidential debate, october 3rd, live on >>> and 38 days from the presidential election, but already millions of americans have had their say. in fact, nearly half of all voters are expected to take advantage of early voting laws, as john king reports in the battleground state of iowa. as a candidate may already be emerging. >> reporter: mind made up, ballots cast, 40 days early. this opening day line is in iowa city. >> here we go. >> reporter: this one in des moines. iowa's early voting, part of a growing and natural trend. some states allow the early voting, including the battlegrounds, cnn ranks as toss-ups. here in iowa, the e
states. steven, despite the economy right now, this weird optimism, is this the end of romney's chance to win? >> yeah, i think this upsurge in consumer confidence is hurting mitt romney, no question about that, ali. interestingly, i looked at the gallop data on consumer confidence, and they came to an interesting conclusion. they found that the big surge in consumer confidence on the economy was democrats, that democrats have had a huge surge where republicans have actually had a reduction in their confidence, and what they found, by the way, is that normally an increase in consumer confidence leads to the incumbent president doing better in the polls. they found in this case it was the opposite, that the increase in the numbers for obama in the polls has actually made democrats more optimistic about the economy. >> interesting. so the idea of who might win the election is actually affecting the question. >> it appears so. it really does. i'm kind of optimistic. i like to look at this glass half full. you're right that there are some signs of an economic cloud ahead, but, you know, th
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today is that mitt romney will actually do his debate walk through tomorrow over at the university of denver, so he'll be working on this all, you know, basically right up until the last moment. he had his top surrogates on the campaign trail and romney has an event later on today in littleton, colorado. paul ryan has been pretty busy, almost nonstop, out on the campaign trail the last couple of days. and so, you know, i think he'll let his surrogates do the talking for him until the debate gets started. one other thing we heard from kevin madden yesterday on the campaign plane heading into denver yesterday, brooke, you heard over the weekend, chris christie saying that this race is going to be turned upside down that romney will have such a strong performance that it is going to be sort of a game changer. i asked kevin madden about that yesterday, and he said he doesn't think that the campaign doesn't think that one event, one moment during these debates is going to decide and determine everything. they just don't see it that way. they like christie's enthusiasm, they say they're
senator rob portman is portraying the president in mitt romney's debates, as well. >>> president obama and mitt romney will go face to face wednesday in the first of three presidential debates. you can watch it live right here on cnn, 7:00 eastern. and also don't miss that. >>> we could all agree having children changes your life forever. as parents, we want what is best for our kids. we want to make sure our children are safe and happy. you would think that would be the case for every parent. not so. take a look at this man. this father was willing to strap on a vest filled with explosives and kill as many people as possible, including himself. this father wanted to desert his son, let him grow up without a dad. this father says it is perfectly okay if his 4-year-old son becomes a suicide bomber, too. cnn got this stunning exclusive interview with the father whose choices are so difficult to understa understand. >> reporter: behind these high walls of the prison, among the 7,000 inmates, are several men who say they're hellbent on being terrorists. we've come here to meet a c
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we would like, but still, 38 days is a long time to go. >> she's got to say that, right? she's got to get her people out to vote. i want to ask you because there's been so much criticism of the polls from the romney side of things. people have said the polls assume more democrats are going to turn out. at cnn, our polls do not assume that and chris wallace, fox news, said the criticism of the polls craziness. he said no self-respecting pollster in the country would a political party, so even fox doesn't seem to be backing the conspiracy theories on your side. >> all i'm doing is trying to explain there are different polls. one of the numbers your viewers should keep watching is to look at obama -- president obama's job approval ratings. they have been in the mid 40s for much of the year. twice they've spiked to around 50. right now, he's around 50. this is about a high water mark for president obama. each time he has gotten to that magical 50% has immediately dropped back down. look, if he can keep his job approval rating at 50 or higher, he's going to be in a good position, but he
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